A Memorial to the Victims of Lynching

Each of these victims was once a living human being with feelings, hopes and dreams - but the drama of their deaths has overshadowed their lives.

We must remember that...

Each had talents and pleasures: singing, dancing, telling stories, playing cards or sports, creating beautiful and useful things.

Each worked for a living or struggled with unemployment.

Each was part of a family and community: a father or mother, husband or wife, son or daughter, friend or neighbor – loved ones who retrieved the mutilated body and grieved over it.

To pay your respects to a victim, click on the state where he or she died. The state link will take you to a list of names. You can also use the Search box above to find an individual.

Unfortunately, we know little to nothing about these individuals.

Help us to honor their lives by sharing whatever you know about their time on this earth. Include family stories or photos if you can. Please forward them to us at memorial@abhmuseum.org.

To search for information about someone in your family who was lynched, check out these genealogy websites: http://ancestry.com and http://ccharity.com/.

Source of most names, places, and dates of death: Ralph Ginzburg, 100 Years of Lynchings, Baltimore: Black Classic Press, 1988, 253-270.

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“Doc” King

Murdered in: Fayetteville, Tennessee

2 Unknown Negroes

Murdered in: Lake County, Tennessee

2 Unknown Negroes

Murdered in: Webb City, Tennessee

3 Unknown Negroes

Murdered in: Clifton, Tennessee

4 Unknown Negroes

Murdered in: Caney Springs, Tennessee

Albert Gooden

Murdered in: Covington, Tennessee

Albert Lawson

Murdered in: Paris, Tennessee

Alexander Bell

Murdered in: Mt Pelia, Tennessee

Allen Small

Murdered in: Lynchburg, Tennessee

Anderson Ganse

Murdered in: Henning, Tennessee

Andy Blount

Murdered in: Chattanooga, Tennessee

Balli Crutchfield

Murdered in: Rome, Tennessee

Ben Walling

Murdered in: Decaturville, Tennessee

Berry Noyes

Murdered in: Lexington, Tennessee

Bradford Scott

Murdered in: Pinson, Tennessee

Calvin McDonnell

Murdered in: Memphis, Tennessee

Charles Allen

Murdered in: McKenzie, Tennessee

Charles Brown

Murdered in: Soddy, Tennessee

Charles Everett

Murdered in: Manchester, Tennessee

Charles Hurd

Murdered in: Wartburg, Tennessee